Artist Talk: Martin Beck


Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:30pm


Level 0, Lecture Hall, Carpenter Center

Lecture: Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 pm 
Presented byCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Episode 9: An Organized System of Instructions

In his ongoing exhibition Program Martin Beck employs a series of explorative strategies that have simultaneously performed and critically reflected on the kinds of activity an institution uses to build, organize, and engage with its audiences. From the institution’s physical infrastructure to media relations, from its foundational curricular principles to visitor tallies, from building usage to welcome rituals, Beck has examined individual modes of institutional behaviors that collectively form institutional identity and unite to integrate audiences into a cohesive program of public address. In this penultimate episode, titled An Organized System of Instructions, Beck’s Program inhabits one of the most common and frequently utilized formats of public address the artist lecture. An Organized System of Instructions approaches this format from three perspectives: as an informational event to present an artist’s work; as a specific mode of visual and verbal display that is regulated by the conventions of educational communication and infrastructure; and, as an institutional site for introducing people and topics untethered to the institution’s daily curricular framework.

Martin Beck is an artist whose exhibitions and projects engages questions of historicity and authorship and often draws from the fields of architecture, design, and popular culture. Recent exhibitions include The thirty-sets do not constitute a sequence at 47 Canal, New York (2015), Approx. 13 Hours at castillo/corrales, Paris (2014); Last Night at Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2013); the particular way in which a thing exists at Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal (2012). Beck’s works were included in the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), the 29th São Paulo and the 4th Bucharest Biennales (2010).  He was co-curator of Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault at Museum der Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Culturgest, Lisbon; and Artists Space, New York (2013). His books include , About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe (2007), The Aspen Complex (2012), Last Night (2013), and Summer Winter East West (2015).

Related Exhibition: Martin Beck: A Social Question, Jan. 21-31